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Heaven on Earth
Papua New Guinea
Mar 09 2009 Written by: Pedro O'Connor
If there is a Heaven on Earth I think I found it. Located on the north east coast of Papua New Guinea is the amazing geological region known as the Tufi Fiords. They are not glacial fiords, but riais, formed eons ago when three massive volcanoes erupted simultaneously spewing fingers of molten lava down the slopes into the crystal clear waters of the Solomon Sea. These calm water havens are home to the Oro people who still live a self subsistence lifestyle in this Peter Pan movie backdrop. The verdant, equatorial jungle marches to the ocean shore, where you can swim ... [Read More]
From The Field
A Taste of Tasmania
Do you want to step back in time and take life at a relaxed pace? Then Tasmania is the place to do it. The sparse population ensures there is ample opportunity to get away from the madding crowds with little effort. Think miles of endless beaches with nobody on them. The local people are super friendly and have great civic pride, which is evident in the many beautifully restored townships; the majority of which date back to the early 1800’s when indentured convict labour was exploited to build the colony of Van Diemans Land. Much of Tasmania remains untouched by human ...
Canyoneering in Arizona
Brad Horn and I recently completed a canyoneering expedition in the wilds of Arizona. Canyoneering is Epic’s latest offering in the US and this trip was designed as a showcase for a select few high powered Travel Agents. Programmes are customisable and can be tailored to suit any group and duration, ranging from one day to multiple nights. What an experience! We spent our time in a place called Waterhole Canyon, a slot canyon just south of Page. It's one of the last tributaries to Lower Glen Canyon before the Colorado River emerges at Lee's Ferry. Words can’t do justice when describing ...
Groote Eylandt - A Fisherman's Paradise
The warm tropical waters that brew cyclones at the start of the monsoon season in far northern Australia make for hot fishing action. Pedro spent a few days recently at Escape Sportfishing and Wilderness Lodge on remote Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. He came home smiling after catching some prize fish. The eco-friendly, tented safari camp comprises 12 twin share tents each with en suite, air conditioning and feather-soft beds that ensure you sleep well after a long day hauling in fish. The fishing philosophy is one of catch and release, but invariably a sample reaches the dinner table. The ...
In Search of the Elusive Snow Leopard
The elusive snow leopard, an animal I have always dreamed of trying to find! In December I flew to the Jammu Kashmir Province of India; this is the extreme northern part of the country bordered by Tibet, China and Pakistan. A friend, Dr Raghu Chundawat, who is the former director of the Snow Leopard Trust, had invited me to visit. He is the world’s leading authority on snow leopards in this remote part of the world, having studied them for nearly ten years. An hour’s flight from New Delhi took us to Ladakh in Leh, easily accessible by all major airlines. We ...
Exceptional Lion Kill Footage
I took this footage on a recent safari in Botswana, showing the battle between a pride of lions and two buffalo. Turn away if you're squeamish, but if you like to see the real life action of the bush, it's worth it!
Close Call for Legadema
I recently returned from guiding a former US Ambassador and their friends on a safari to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. The trip started in Cape Town and ended at Singita, with stops at Victoria Falls and Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The game-viewing was spectacular. Undoubted highlights were the West Pride at Mombo killing a buffalo and a couple of encounters with the legendary Nat Geo leopard, Legadema and her cubs. On one occasion Legadema and her cubs had a close call with a troop of baboons. She and the cubs took refuge in some dense bush ...
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